Preparations are well underway for a weekend of sport in memory of the late Ciaran Casey which are being hosted by Bellurgan United over the June Bank Holiday weekend.
The former Bellurgan captain, who helped the club to the AUL Nivea Cup in 2007, passed away at the age of 37 in 2015 and the club have, once again, organised a charity weekend in his honour with all of the proceeds going to local charities including the Maria Goretti Foundation in Lordship.
Ciaran was a talented footballer who played his last match with Bellurgan United on Sunday, January 18 2015, before passing away unexpectedly at Beaumont Hospital the following Friday. The father of one died of Acute Leukaemia which had not been diagnosed previously. Ciaran was a passionate footballer, who started a long career playing schoolboys football with Muirhevna Mor, Bay United, Shamrocks, and Dundalk Schoolboys. He joined Bellurgan United in 2000 and continued to line out for the club on a regular basis, playing in the Meath and District League.
His family, including wife Ciara, their daughter Sarah, parents Tom and Briege, brothers
Aidan, Stephen and Seán, sisters in-law Fiona and Vanessa, parents-in-law Kevin and Miriam Morgan, fully support the club's fund raising efforts for charity in Ciaran's memory.
As an initial 'outsider' to the Bellurgan area Ciaran quickly established a rapport with club members through his friendly disposition and willingness to get involved in all aspects of the club. Bellurgan United were privileged to have had Ciaran in the in the club and he is still very much missed.
The weekend will kick off with a pub quiz on Friday May 31 in Ferguson's, Gyles' Quay. There will be a 5-a-side tournament in Flynn Park, Bellurgan on Saturday at 2pm followed by presentation night, raffle, food and music in The Lumpers, Ravensdale. On Sunday morning there will be a junior 7-a-side football blitz for under 8s and under 9s in Flynn Park. Contact Martin at 086 6075304 to get involved.